Erectile dysfunction (impotence) is a pathological process caused by the physical inability of the penis to achieve and maintain a state of sexual arousal for the time required to perform a full-fledged sexual act.
There is an opinion that impotence is an age-related disease that marks the end of all intimate life. However, such a claim is fundamentally wrong, because every man has his own reserve of opportunities obtained from nature, which can be reduced under the influence of various external factors, therefore it is possible and necessary to deal with this problem.
Causes of impotence in men
Erection is a rather difficult physical process, which is a whole chain of successive reactions. A healthy body spends less than a minute performing all the necessary algorithms. The time during which a man is able to maintain sexual tension is determined individually, taking into account the characteristics of each individual case.
The appearance of erectile dysfunction in men can manifest itself not only as an independent disease, but also as a symptom of another deep chronic pathology.
There are many negative factors that affect both the course of the cycle as a whole and its individual parts, which are necessary to keep the penis in a state of persistent erection:
- psychological disorders and traumas;
- chronic fatigue;
- various diseases that affect the decrease in sexual activity in men;
- alcohol consumption, smoking and drug use;
- inflammation and mutilation of the male genitals;
- side effects of drugs;
- disrespect for the culture of natural sex and the frequent use of artificial substitutes.
Psychological impotence manifests itself under the influence of constant stress and nervous instability, most often occurring in young, strong and physically healthy people. Usually, it is temporary and goes away as suddenly as it appears.
An erection and the intercourse that accompanies it require in themselves the expenditure of a great energy resource. As a result, its absence or partial exhaustion leads to a decrease in erectile capacities.
The condition of the arterial and venous systems of the body has a direct impact on the physical structure of the male penis at the time of sexual tension and the duration of sexual intercourse. Thus, atherosclerosis, abnormalities associated with impaired cerebral circulation, diabetes mellitus can cause problems in intimate life. But the main risk group are men with various inflammations of the genitourinary system, especially in an advanced form.
Too frequent use of self-righteousness as a means of relieving sexual tension leads to stagnation of sperm in the testes, reducing their activity and, as a result, causing impotence.
Testosterone is a hormone which is the primary natural mechanism for maintaining men's health. During this time, its content in the blood and the rate of production can be reduced under the influence of various endocrine disorders, failures in the functioning of liver cells, leading to a lack of material for the reproduction of testosterone. A disorder of fat metabolism, in the presence of excess body weight, also negatively affects the production of the hormone.
Drug addiction, alcoholism and smoking, which serve as a source of accumulation of harmful substances and toxins, contribute to the formation of erectile dysfunction. Thus, the abuse of alcoholic beverages, tobacco and narcotics deals a double blow to male potency, reducing the production of testosterone and having a negative effect on the cardiovascular system of the body as a whole.
We must also mention the existence of drugs that significantly decrease libido, in connection with their constituent components.
Symptoms of impotence
Impotence is primary, if an erection does not appear in boys from an early age, and secondary, if it weakens over time or goes away completely.
Also distinguish between physiological, acquired and age-related sexual impotence, which develops with age.
The following symptoms may be of concern:
- the lack of sexual desire of a man;
- the inability of a man to achieve a persistent erection in the presence of strong psychological arousal;
- the degree of elasticity of the penis is not sufficient to insert it into the vagina;
- inability to perform friction actions for the period of time necessary for full-fledged intercourse;
- under optimal conditions for the most part, a man cannot reach a state of orgasm;
- spontaneous erections morning and evening are absent.
If at least one of the above symptoms is detected, it is necessary to be examined by a specialist, because the earlier the disease is detected, the easier it is to cure it.
Impotence diagnostic procedures aimed at identifying the causes of the disease, finding methods to resume a full sex life and the necessary remedy for impotence.
Hormonal tests help establish how much estrogen, prolactin, testosterone, and LH (luteinizing hormone) are produced in the body. Ultrasonography and x-rays of the vascular system can detect circulatory problems in the penis. The list of necessary measures also includes a visit to a psychologist and self-observation of spontaneous erections in the morning and evening.
Treatment of erectile dysfunction
There are two ways of treating a male disease: classic (drug therapy and vacuum stimulation), operative (surgery). In the presence of mechanical damage to the vessels and arteries of the genital organ, their restoration is carried out by surgery.
The selection of drugs for the treatment of impotence is not an easy task. Because before making an appointment, you must accurately determine the cause of the disease. If it is based on negative changes in blood vessels, drugs will be used to lower blood cholesterol, together with a special diet. Reducing the elasticity of the veins requires a different approach. In case of low testosterone, tablets containing this hormone are prescribed.
Inhibitors are very popular these days. They artificially induce an erection and are effective in increasing male potency quickly.
Impotence associated with mental disorders and phobias requires many hours of sessions with a psychotherapist. These patients are cured by increasing tactile contact and foreplay time, removing internal blockages and sex therapy.
Prevention of impotence
The basis of maintaining sexual health is the normalization of lifestyle, rejection of bad habits and promiscuous sex, correct intimate and moral relationship with a partner, regular sexual activity. Stop using interrupted intercourse as the only method of contraception and self-righteousness as a substitute for full intercourse.
Herbal preparations with a high content of vitamin E, which contain rose hips, golden root, Chinese magnolia vine and other useful ingredients, will have a good preventive effect and strengthen intimate health.
At the same time, do not forget about regular examinations by specialist doctors, and if you have any doubts about male consistency, immediately consult a doctor, urologist or andrologist.
Erectile dysfunction is a complex disease, so the earlier the disease is detected, the shorter the road to restoring male health.